A condition in which bones became weaker and brittle, such that a fall or even a mild stress such a bending over or coughing can cause a fracture. Osteoporosis-related fracture most commonly occur in the hip, wrist or spine.
Bone is a living tissue that is constantly being broken down and replaced. Osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new bone doesn’t keep up with the breakdown of old bone.
Osteoporosis affects both men and women of all races, but seem to target more Caucasian and Asian women, especially those past menopause.
There are typically no symptoms in early stages of bone loss, however, once they have weakened by osteoporosis, you may experience the following:
– Back pain, caused by a fracture or collapsed vertebra
– Loss of height over time
– A stooped posture
– A bone fracture that occurs much more easily than expected
– Gender – women are much more likely to develop osteoporosis than men
– Age – the older you get the greater the risk
– Race – Caucasians and Asians are at higher risk
– Family history – genetics can play a role in increased risk
– Body frame size – those with small body frames tend to have a higher risk due to having less bone mass to draw from as they age
– Medications – long term use of steroids as corticosteroids or cortisone interferes with the bone-rebuilding process, thus weakening bone structure
– Chronic diseases – as Celiac, IBS, kidney or liver disease, cancer, Lupus, arthritis or others, may interfere with the proper digestion and absorption of needed nutrients that help rebuild and maintain bone structure
– Sedentary lifestyle – weight bearing exercise and activities help promote balance and good posture and are beneficial for your bones
– Excessive alcohol consumption – intake of more than two alcoholic drinks a day increases risk of osteoporosis, interfering with consumption, digestion and absorption of needed nutrients as well as impacting other areas
– Tobacco use – the exact role tobacco plays in osteoporosis isn’t clearly understood, but it has been shown that tobacco use contributes to weak bones
How we treat osteoporosis naturally:
Taking into account the natural wear and tear of bone plus increased risk, it is important to maintain a balance of breakdown and new production so as to help prevent weakening and brittle bones that lead to fractures. Diet and exercise are very important factors in this healthy balance that help stimulate hormones and other key factors necessary to proper maintenance.
For this reason, we will begin with a complete history, assess lifestyle habits that include diet, exercise sleep, detoxification of the body, medications/supplements, mental/emotional state and lab work to determine what may be contributing to weaker bone structure.
Often we will incorporate a detox program that will enhance detoxification, improving organ function as kidney filtration while at the same time deceasing inflammation and pain associated with many chronic diseases. It is important to note that as we remove obstacles that hinder proper function, we will begin to see great improvements.
Based on the results, we will make necessary adjustments where appropriate for healing and restoration of proper body function. Though at times such medications as Fosamaz, Atelvia, Boniva and Reclast, may help decrease the breakdown of the bone, there is much more that can be done to help your body overall to strengthen and maintain; often times without the use of medications that include many side effects. For this reason, we will also address the function of other glands and holistically balance all, utilizing herbs, dietary changes, supplements, acupuncture and/or other methods for optimal function.
Each treatment plan will be tailored to the individual. Our goal is to improve your overall quality of life, not simply treat the symptoms.